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BVO Board of Directors

Sandy Auestad, Director

Sandy is a proud resident of the area having moved here with her husband in 2002. Since then she has pursued her passion for horses and animals in general so you can find her in her spare time with either her three horses, two dogs or two cats on the farm.

Sandy has over 25 years experience in Human Resources and has recently joined BVO. She is excited to share her expertise and collaborate with others in the community as an avid member of the Policy Committee. She looks forward to volunteering with everyone and to continue enhancing the quality programs and services we provide.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Norine Baron, Director

Norine has been a part of the BVO family from the very beginning. Over the last 30 years she has assumed a number of different positions on the Board and participated in virtually every service, program, and event that BVO offers. Norine is a dynamo in our community and BVO is lucky to be a recipient of her wisdom and energy. Norine was named a 'Friend of The Blue Mountains' – a community volunteer award.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Karen Chisholm, Director

Karen, along with her husband and two daughters, has called Thornbury home since 2000. She works with local businesses, individuals and families as a Financial Advisor, and has been involved as a volunteer in many capacities in the community, schools, and minor sports over the years. She can be seen running around the neighbourhood with her two dogs and also she enjoys hiking with friends, seasonal sports, studying, reading, and travelling. She is very excited about her new involvement with BVO.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Nicoleta Coldas, Board Clerk

Nicoleta has lived in this area for more than 9 years and has volunteered with BVO Breakfast Club, Treasure Shop, Georgian Peaks Race Crew and Blue Mountain Village Association. She is currently the Bookkeeper for Southern Georgian Bay Habitat For Humanity and we are happy to welcome her as BVO Board Clerk for the 2015-2016 year.  Nicoleta loves hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with her children.


Ann Dyer, Vice-Chair

Ann and her husband have owned a home in Thornbury since 2005 making it their full time residence in 2013 when she retired after 35 years in financial services. After spending her childhood in Owen Sound moving back to the region felt like coming home. She has been an active volunteer with Marsh St. Centre, Seniors Network-Blue Mountains and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In 2015 she became a volunteer with Answers4Seniors at BVO. In her spare time Ann enjoys yoga, working out at the YMCA, dance classes in Meaford, and the beautiful community of Thornbury.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Judith Gilman, Director

Judith and her husband, Jonathan Rubes, have enjoyed 30+ years of active life in the T of BM: skiing at Craigleith, golfing at Georgian Bay Club, plus biking, tennis and pickle ball. In 1996 they extensively renovated a century farm in Clarksburg and in 2014, moved to a new home in Thornbury. Born in Montreal, Judith moved to Toronto and attended the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), graduating in Environmental Design in 1978. Her long and interesting design career included corporate, commercial, and residential projects. As an active volunteer and fundraiser for many organizations, Judith was PTA chair at Cottingham Public School in Toronto; Parents’ Guild President at Royal St. George’s College; Co-chair of RSGC Gala at Casa Loma; Board member and chair of Craigleith Tennis Club; member of various committees at Toronto Lawn Tennis Club and Craigleith Ski Club. Currently volunteering in the Treasure Shop, she looks forward to learning more about BVO’s many projects that enrich our community.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Ann Gorton, Director

Ann has been coming to the Blue Mountains since 2002 as a weekender and in the past year as a permanent resident. Building their dream home in Thornbury with her husband, Ann wanted to get to know the local residents so she joined BVO in October 2013 doing Breakfast Club and then the Treasure Shop. Ann has experience working with the BOOTC-Barrie Out of the Cold Program as well as St John's Ambulance Therapy Dogs. She joined the Board of Directors in June 2014 and is also a member of the Treasure Shop and Resource Development Committees. When Ann isn't at BVO she can be found volunteering at GTHS-Georgian Triangle Humane Society at reception or dog care. She is also an avid cyclist, skier and yoga enthusiast.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:gortonann@yahoo.ca

Cathy Innes, Board Chair

Cathy began her volunteering with BVO as a sorter in the Treasure Shop, and then joined the Board in 2004. She sits on the Policy Committee, Treasure Shop Committee, and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Tai Chi, Pickleball, reading, directing plays for the Thornbury Community Theater and travel keep her busy the rest of the time.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Marty Lacey, Treasurer

Marty has been with the BVO Board for since 1999. She is not only our Secretary/ Treasurer, but she ensures we have adequate storage in the Treasure Shop when donations overwhelm our space! She has been known to defrost our freezer and wax our floors when she is not busy balancing our books! Marty was named Town of the Blue Mountains volunteer of the year in 2003.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Karen Newton Stewart, Director

Karen and her family made Thornbury their full time residence in 1999 operating The Golden Apple Bed and Breakfast. She started volunteering at BVO that same year as a way to get to know the community. Over the years Karen has served on many committees, at events and in several capacities on the BVO Board. Volunteering is a family affair. Her daughter Katie has grown up volunteering at BVO and husband Glenn pitches in wherever he can. Karen brings with her over 30 years of Business, Advertising, Marketing, and Communication experience. She currently is the owner/publisher of Coffee News of Southern Georgian Bay. She received the Volunteer of the Year from the Town of Blue Mountains (2008), has 10 years volunteering on the BVCS parent council, and 4 years on the Beaver Valley Preschool board. Karen took a break from board work last year to spend a little more time with her family and business but is looking forward to returning to the board and being part of the exciting times ahead for BVO. 

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca

Kris Wichman, Director

Kris moved to her new home near Redwing in 1980 and loves living in this area. Since retirement from the health sector in 2012, she has focused on her interests-gardening, hiking, snowshoeing and volunteering for BVO and Marsh St. Centre. Kris helps out with the BVO Breakfast Club and Good Food Box Program. As a recently appointed Board Director, she is looking forward to participating in the Board's discussions and activities and in its Strategic Planning and Policies Committees.

Phone:519-599-2577
Email:board@bvo.ca